Sen. McCain: Putin is destroying Russian reputation

putin warns westSenator John McCain on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of allying himself with tyrants and ruling through violence and repression, in a scathing retort to a New York Times editorial by Putin earlier this month.
In an editorial published on news website Pravda.ru, McCain criticized the Russian leader’s policies at home and in Syria, where Putin has repeatedly protected President Bashar al-Assad.

“(Putin) is not enhancing Russia’s global reputation. He is destroying it. He has made her a friend to tyrants and an enemy to the oppressed, and untrusted by nations that seek to build a safer, more peaceful and prosperous world,” wrote the senior senator from Arizona, who is also a leading Republican voice on military affairs.

Pravda.ru considers itself a successor to the Soviet-era Communist Party newspaper but is not connected to it. Like the newspaper, which still exists, it has a limited readership.

U.S.-Russia ties are at one of their lowest points since the Cold War as tensions over human rights and the fate of fugitive ex-U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, to whom Russia awarded asylum, have added to tensions over the Syrian conflict.

Putin’s op-ed article took issue with U.S. President Barack Obama’s claims of “American exceptionalism” and said a military strike against Assad could escalate the conflict that has already killed more than 100,000 people.

Russia has blocked three consecutive U.N. resolutions aimed at pressuring Assad to end violence and has held talks on a plan enabling the Syrian leader to give up his chemical weapons to avoid possible U.S. military strikes.

Assad And PutinMcCain, who is known in Russia as one of the Kremlin’s harshest critics, warned Putin in 2011 that “the Arab Spring is coming to a neighborhood near you” when fraud allegations triggered mass street protests after a parliamentary election.

The senator has been critical of Putin’s domestic policies, including Moscow’s response to the protest movement that has all but died out after Russia’s parliament passed laws that critics say are intended to clamp down on dissent.

“President Putin and his associates … don’t respect your dignity or accept your authority over them. They punish dissent and imprison opponents. They rig your elections. They control your media,” McCain wrote.

After Russia gave asylum to Snowden, who is wanted by U.S. authorities, McCain said Washington should complete missile-defense programs in Europe and expand NATO to include Russian neighbor Georgia – both endeavors that are anathema to Moscow.

McCain also made reference to dead whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in pre-trial detention after accusing officials of a $230-million fraud, and mentioned recently passed laws criticized in the West for being anti-gay.

He also said that the members of the protest punk band Pussy Riot, two of whom are serving time behind bars for a protest against Putin in a Moscow cathedral, had been convicted on political grounds.

“They write laws to codify bigotry against people whose sexual orientation they condemn. They throw the members of a punk rock band in jail for the crime of being provocative and vulgar and for having the audacity to protest President Putin’s rule,” he said.

Reuters

  • MekensehParty

    Go Big Mac!!!
    Tell that racist punk what he deserves to hear!

    • Hannibal

      Everyone is a racist for the Mekenseh… Are you like picked on for your dark complexion?
      LOL Sorry I could not help it…

      • 5thDrawer

        Yes you could … hehehe … but I have a French friend who reacts the same way … everyone is anti-French ‘race’ to him … except me and a couple of others … hehehehe
        And I suppose in some particular neighbourhoods – where they forgot the ‘neighbour’ part – everyone would be anti-white ‘race’ too … right? :-)))

        • MekensehParty

          Putin is a racist as proved by his speeches to the Duma about immigration…
          Putin is the hero of white supremacists who call him the leader of the last White country.
          When Putin met Obama for the first time, one can see how uncomfortable he was talking to a black man who ranks higher than him on the world stage.
          I’m not inventing or accusing without a background. Putin is a racist!
          He’s also a bigot like our buddy up there 😉

          • 5thDrawer

            Worse … Putin is a Homophobe … :-)))))

          • Patience2

            ‘phobe’ ??

          • 5thDrawer

            Oh … how does an American spell it? ;-))))

          • Hannibal

            An American spells it M E K E N S E H
            lol

          • IraniAngel

            americans r too stupid… they cant spell…. the US u see 2day is built by the highly skilled iraniangel diaspora community… widout the iraniangels the US wud be worse than the mid-east.

          • Hannibal

            Having a bad day Irani? Stop the kossesher LOL
            Here is entertainment for you to make you feel better:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpUVQ_z6Zcs

          • 5thDrawer

            Get some … 😉

          • IraniAngel

            u r the primary example of the american stupidity. kossesher is not even a word!!! n oh i almost forgot: u being a wannabe-american isnt it sad knowing that ONLY 300 spartans cud defeat the iranians something the americans havent been able to for the last 30+ yrs n most likely wont be in the next 300????

          • Hannibal

            Your spelling is degrading or may be being “Dabed”… he he
            Are you sure those defeated Persians were Iranians?
            wannabe? Hmmmm. I doubt you even know what American means. 325 millions of different ethnical background living under one flag and having the aspiration of freedom electing their own representatives as compared to Iran’s few millions controlled by Arab Mullahs… After freeing your country from those morons then you may talk… Now talking about stupidity Irani, I never called you named or any other unless myself attacked but who is really the stupid here? I can get out on the street NOW THIS MINUTE and shout from the center of my chest “FUCK OBAMA” and the police will pass by and may be tell me keep it quiet fellow people are trying to sleep… It is Sunday and too early. Now come back at 9 or 10 and shout all you like… Try to say FUCK KHAMENEI in the street yourself at mid day Tehran time… I bet we will never see you blog here again as those Arabs in religious clothes… Those few Arab Mullahs have their shoes on the entire Iranian population and there is nothing you guys can do about it. Hmmmm who is stupid now?
            Lastly, since the Americans and the Iranians both hate the mullahs aren’t you guys supposed to be buddies? It is OK though we Americans will come and free you from them and give you back your freedom. Long live Iran!

          • IraniAngel

            having spent a lot of time here i guess i have been at least a little bit dabanized… hayda shee mish b eedayi… hehe
            why wud the americans hate the mollaHELLS when these fuckfaces serve the americans??? n now u want the same americans to free us from the dickfaces??? this misery the iranians r in right now isnt due to stupidity but rather fear…. iranians r scared that if we go out to the street n start protesting everything will turn out worse. additionally, just bcoz u r allowed to behave like an insane person in the streets u assume that ur poilticians care about it? what you chant on streets means nothing to your leaders. they laugh at you at most.. simple americans have NO say on political issues whatsoever.. As your 1% drag you all down. So exactly how is the US better than iran? at the end of the of day the mollahs are installed by the US therefore the iranian regime acts and behaves like its american lord..
            finally, u r damn right: LONG LIVE IRAN…. ZENDE BAD IROON

          • cook

            lol

          • IraniAngel

            mage gheir az in-e?

          • cook

            rast migee, bekhoosoos Obama hishvaght gharar neest komakemoon kone

          • IraniAngel

            gharar-e amrikaia in-e ke faghat az ma soo estefade konan..

          • Patience2

            It’s not the spelling so much, it’s just that it’s there at all.

      • MekensehParty

        gosh what a lame joke
        did you print yourself a phd in comedy too?

        • Hannibal

          jealousy does not become you my friend… but again you are a mekenseh while I am a hoover… he he

          • MekensehParty

            omg even worse than the first joke
            you sure your phds aren’t coming from Homs university?

          • Hannibal

            Tsk Tsk Tsk… speaking of Homsis in a derogatory manner? Hmmmmm. Who is the racist now?

  • MekensehParty

    Go Big Mac!!!
    Tell that racist punk what he deserves to hear!

    • Hannibal

      Everyone is a racist for the Mekenseh… Are you like picked on for your dark complexion?
      LOL Sorry I could not help it…

      • 5thDrawer

        Yes you could … hehehe … but I have a French friend who reacts the same way … everyone is anti-French ‘race’ to him … except me and a couple of others … hehehehe
        And I suppose in some particular neighbourhoods – where they forgot the ‘neighbour’ part – everyone would be anti-white ‘race’ too … right? :-)))

        • MekensehParty

          Putin is a racist as proved by his speeches to the Duma about immigration…
          Putin is the hero of white supremacists who call him the leader of the last White country.
          When Putin met Obama for the first time, one can see how uncomfortable he was talking to a black man who ranks higher than him on the world stage.
          I’m not inventing or accusing without a background. Putin is a racist!
          He’s also a bigot like our buddy up there 😉

          • 5thDrawer

            Worse … Putin is a Homophobe … :-)))))

          • Patience2

            ‘phobe’ ??

          • 5thDrawer

            Oh … how does an American spell it? ;-))))

          • Hannibal

            An American spells it M E K E N S E H
            lol

          • IraniAngel

            americans r too stupid… they cant spell…. the US u see 2day is built by the highly skilled iraniangel diaspora community… widout the iraniangels the US wud be worse than the mid-east.

          • Hannibal

            Having a bad day Irani? Stop the kossesher LOL
            Here is entertainment for you to make you feel better:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpUVQ_z6Zcs

          • 5thDrawer

            Get some … 😉

          • IraniAngel

            u r the primary example of the american stupidity. kossesher is not even a word!!! n oh i almost forgot: isnt it sad knowing that ONLY 300 spartans cud defeat the iranians something the americans havent been able to for the last 30+ years n most likely never ever will be????

          • Hannibal

            Your spelling is degrading or may be being “Dabed”… he he
            Are you sure those defeated Persians were Iranians?
            wannabe? Hmmmm. I doubt you even know what American means. 325 millions of different ethnical background living under one flag and having the aspiration of freedom electing their own representatives as compared to Iran’s few millions controlled by Arab Mullahs… After freeing your country from those morons then you may talk… Now talking about stupidity Irani, I never called you named or any other unless myself attacked but who is really the stupid here? I can get out on the street NOW THIS MINUTE and shout from the center of my chest “FUCK OBAMA” and the police will pass by and may be tell me keep it quiet fellow people are trying to sleep… It is Sunday and too early. Now come back at 9 or 10 and shout all you like… Try to say FUCK KHAMENEI in the street yourself at mid day Tehran time… I bet we will never see you blog here again as those Arabs in religious clothes… Those few Arab Mullahs have their shoes on the entire Iranian population and there is nothing you guys can do about it. Hmmmm who is stupid now?
            Lastly, since the Americans and the Iranians both hate the mullahs aren’t you guys supposed to be buddies? It is OK though we Americans will come and free you from them and give you back your freedom. Long live Iran!

          • IraniAngel

            why wud the americans hate the mollaHELLS when these fuckfaces serve the americans??? n now u want the same americans to free us from the dickfaces??? the misery the iranians r in right now isnt due to stupidity but rather fear…. iranians r scared that if we go out to the street n start protesting everything will turn out worse. but thx 4 once again displaying your…. yonno.. u r damn right: LONG LIVE IRAN…. ZENDE BAD IRAN

          • cook2half

            lol

          • IraniAngel

            mage gheir az in-e?

          • cook2half

            rast migee, bekhoosoos Obama hishvaght gharar neest komakemoon kone

          • IraniAngel

            gharar-e amrikaia in-ke vaghat az ma soo estefade konan..

          • Patience2

            It’s not the spelling so much, it’s just that it’s there at all.

      • MekensehParty

        gosh what a lame joke
        did you print yourself a phd in comedy too?

        • Hannibal

          jealousy does not become you my friend… but again you are a mekenseh while I am a hoover… he he

          • MekensehParty

            omg even worse than the first joke
            you sure your phds aren’t coming from Homs university?

          • Hannibal

            Tsk Tsk Tsk… speaking of Homsis in a derogatory manner? Hmmmmm. Who is the racist now?